The foundational concept of dialectical behavior therapy indicates that the dialectic is critical in sustaining balance. Finding and maintaining this balance is the focus of mental health and addiction treatment. Attendees will discover how we can create our own balance and show our clients how to self-care by using acceptance and change at the same time. Accepting the dialectics of our lives means that we can embrace all of the truths that exist about ourselves and about other
people, places, things and situations. We will then evolve as addiction professionals and private practitioners to model the very ideas that we ask our clients to embrace. Attendees will learn how to change talk into treatment and how to reinforce the use of dialectics in practice.
Learning Objective 1
• Identify how living in the extremes has harmed us personally and professionally.
Learning Objective 2
• Discuss the benefits of practicing and living in the balance created by using dialectics.
Learning Objective 3
• Describe how to incorporate acceptance and change talk into treatment and how to reinforce the use of dialectics with our clients.